Lowering A 2007 Chevy Colorado - Attitude Adjustment

We Give Our Colorado A Mean Stance With Belltech In Just One Day

Galen Armenta – Apr 1, 2008
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Last month we introduced you to my Colorado project, in which we kind of got ahead of ourselves in the buildup with the "Shaved Smoothed!" door handle story. We did this because our paintand-body issue needed a door handle story, and since I was planning on shaving them anyway... well, you get the picture.
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I wanted my truck to have a mean, aggressive stance that would stick to the road and carve the canyons. I also wanted it as low as possible, but I wasn't willing to sacrifice ride or handling. To achieve my goal, I hooked up with Semon Shabke, owner of ST Trucks, to install Belltech's line of suspension components. To bring my Colorado down a total of 5 inches in the front, I chose Belltech's 2-inch-drop ball joints and adjustable coilovers, which are capable of up to a 3-inch drop. I wanted the rear wheelwells to match the gap of the front wheelwells, so all that was needed were Belltech's 3-inch lowering leaf springs and performance shocks. Once installed, not only was the gap even, the truck had a little rake that added nicely to the aggressive look. Taking care of the body roll is a 1.25-inch replacement sway bar in the front and a 1-inch unit in the rear. The final piece we installed was Belltech's transmission crossmember. not only does it give 2.25 inches of additional ground clearance, it cleans up the side profile of the truck as well.
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Should you attempt a job like this, the one piece of equipment we recommend using is a spring compressor (available from most local tool rental yards) to retain the front coil spring before removal. every technician has his own tricks for this process, but using a compressor is the safest way to go. Coil springs are often under severe compression and can fly with as much destructive force as a cannon ball. Always play it safe!
Additionally, prior to starting the job you should familiarize yourself with the parts to be replaced as well as how the new parts should be installed. Completely read all instructions, carefully referring to any illustrations or photos provided. Have the required tools handy and a friend to assist with the heavy work. The vehicle should be placed on secure jackstands at each corner. A clean, level work surface is a plus. Allow at least one day to do the job. When finished, dO nOT drive the vehicle anywhere except to the alignment rack.
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The Final Word
Once everything was tightened down and aligned, it was time to go play. I couldn't even wait to get the rims and tires bolted up. Right out of the gate, the truck felt tighter and is surprisingly nimble and easy to maneuver, and at speeds over 80 mph that floating feeling which most pickup owners are used to was gone-the truck was one with the road. In the canyons, the difference was even more apparent because the truck handled flat with improved steering response and a newfound willingness to carve the corners at much higher speeds. Overall, it drove more like a sports car than a truck: a slightly firm yet totally comfortable ride.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Specifications

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Fair Market Price $20,075
MSRP $20,120
Editors' Overall Rating
Mileage 19 City / 26 Highway
Engine 2.5L I4
Horse Power 200 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque 191 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm
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Sources

Grant Kustoms
Oroville, CA 95966
530-532-7832
http://www.grantkustoms.com
Belltech
Sanger, CA 93657
800-445-3767
www.belltech.com
Autoloc
Portland, OR 97214
503-863-5737
www.autoloc.com
Merzees Paint & Body
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
ST Trucks
Riverside, CA 92507
www.sttrucks.com
Alsa Corp.
www.alsacorp.com

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